Court Decision Ignites Discussion: What Your Ministry Should Know

A legal decision that has been a year in the waiting was recently reached in a case with profound implications for ministries across America. In response, three ministry-focused organizations have come together to host a discussion about the case and its implications.

The case centered around a lawsuit filed by three former World Vision employees who identified themselves as Christians when hired but were dismissed from their jobs after professing atheism. The employees claimed discrimination based on religious preference. The presiding judge was tasked with deciding if World Vision was exempt from Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act—the prohibition against religious discrimination. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ultimately ruled in favor of World Vision.

In response to the case, Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU), Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA), and Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons (a law firm specializing in labor and employment law as it relates to non-profits and religious organizations) are co-sponsoring a half-day event in Colorado Springs titled Staffing Ministries with Fellow Believers: Lessons and Mischief from the Recent World Vision Decision. The October 18, 2010 event will address these topics:

  • The World Vision Decision: a “Victory” Breeding Mischief
  • The Human Resources Freedom Architecture
  • Benefits and Beliefs
  • Critical Issues for Ministries Active Internationally

One of four experts presenting will be L. Martin Nussbaum, Esq., an attorney who focuses on labor and employment, litigation, non profit organizations, and religious institutions.

The event location is:

Every Home For Christ
640 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

For details and registration information, visit